Often times, as parents we get home and just want to get dinner on the table so we can relax or move on to the next thing on our list to get done. But did you know that kids enjoy cooking with their parents? In fact, when they help make the evening meal they will be more inclined to eat what’s set before them.
Cooking as a family is also a great way to spend quality time together. No matter how old a person is we all like to spend quality time with someone and that goes for our kids too.
Cooking involves talking, reading and following directions. It is a great opportunity to teach simple skills such as reading a recipe and math skills by counting and measuring. Following step-by-step instructions help your children understand the process especially when they witness the results firsthand.
Older children will be able to learn about other cultures when cooking. They will understand relationships in food preparation; for example if you use too much flour in your cookie recipe they may come out dry and hard.
You will be amazed at how fast your children learn new things when cooking in the kitchen. They are more than happy to get their hands dirty and help out but remember they can be a bit messy so be prepared for some extra cleanup.
Cooking with your kids will give them a sense of pride and it shows them we need their help and they are big enough to provide help. Our children are the most important things to us, so let’s let them feel important too.
As the cook in the family, it is nice to have help at times when preparing dinner. Kids love to eat and they love the sweet stuff but it is important to make sure they get plenty of nourishing foods to help them grow and live healthy lives.
Any quality time that is spent with the children won’t go unnoticed or unrewarded. Letting the kids help with cooking is a great way to spend quality time with them and they may be more inclined to eat what they have so messily help create.
As with everything the more they help the better they will get at it. It takes a bit of time to get used to some of the tools of the trade when cooking. My daughter loves to help me crack and shell my hard boiled eggs which I eat almost daily. She does a great job of sprinkling her cheese on her nacho chips. If we are making homemade pizza she loves to put the toppings on after I have prepared them. Lets not forget about making cookies, that has to be one of the all-time best cooking activities for kids. There are many things that you can do to involve the kids around the kitchen.
Imagine the feeling of pride and accomplishment that your kids will feel when you let them help you cook. It is a fun time for all of you even if it does get a bit messy. Everything cleans up easily and quickly so don’t fret if they make a bit of a mess, that is part of the learning experience.
In our busy lives these days it seems we are constantly on the go and there just isn’t enough time in the day to spend the time we should with our children. Cooking with our kids helps to close that gap and provides fun and memories for everyone.